How Could Miller Screw This Up?? 
Our wonderful mayor of Toronto, David Miller, had a slam dunk with the strike of locals 79 and 416. The entire populace seemed to be behind him in eliminating ridiculously generous benefits that nobody should be entitled to and taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for.

The city has been faring quite well with people managing their own garbage and everyone doing their parts to make do and leave the workers on strike until they gave in and accepted what were clearly reasonable offers by the city.

Even the strikers I've spoken with wanted to accept the deals being offered and get back to work. While anyone would like to be over-compensated for their work as much as possible, it seemed that only the union leaders felt that it was worth striking over and somehow deserved.

With all that in mind, you'd have expected the city to hold fast on their offers or perhaps even begin to reduce them over time. All indications were that if it came to a vote by the union members, they would overwhelmingly support it and all would be well.

And then the Mayor rolled over and gave in, for reasons I don't suppose we'll ever really know.

Regular readers here already know that Miller hasn't done anything good for the residents of Toronto and has only hurt and cost us more and more as each month goes by. This seemed like his shining opportunity to show some backbone and do something good for the city, and there didn't appear to be any way for him to screw it up. And now he has.

Good for you, David Miller. It would have been a shame if your time as mayor couldn't be defined as a complete calamity. Why mess that up with something successful near the end of your term?

There's still a slim chance that enough city councellors may have enough sense to turn down this agreement, but that generally isn't the sort of thing that happens around here. The mayor will get his way, the city will lose, and life will go on.

Too bad. This one seemed like a no-brainer. Of course, it would take a no-brainer mayor to miss that.


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Shootout Style! 
There shouldn't be any argument at all here. 3 races in, the new double-file restart system in NASCAR is hands-down the best change they've made in years! It started off a bit slow, but last week at Sonoma and the race at Loudon going on right now are hugely entertaining in large part due to the double-file restarts. I mean, Sonoma is entertaining no matter what, but was even better because of the drama of the restarts at the end.

Now something that isn't working so well is the TNT commentators. When it takes them 5 minutes to get around to why we came back from commercial into a caution, that's just not right. Kyle Petty is annoying and they just seem to be blathering on half the time. I like Larry Mac but that's about it.

I can't wait to get to the Chase so we can get someone else in the booth. Fox did a great job at the start of the season (but for all the Digger crap). Can't wait for ABC's turn.

Maybe next year if Mikey isn't driving, TNT can pick him up. He's been good fun in the booth for the truck series and hilarious on TWIN. I'm sure he's got a lengthy career ahead of him commentating, just like his big brother.



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Best Race My Ass 
NASCAR.com has a story with this headline: Thank fuel mileage for the best race of the season. I'm calling shenanigans on that. Sure, the last 5 laps were great, but the race as a whole was just a boring as any I remember at Michigan. Until the end when people started running out of gas, there just wasn't anything to watch.

The few double-file restarts certainly added a little excitement when they came up, and I'm fully behind that new addition to the sport, but beyond that it was pretty much exactly what those who don't get NASCAR picture. A bunch of cars going around in circles with nothing much going on.

Sorry to burst the bubble. I'm a little sad that Michigan is the closest race to me and will likely be the first one I get to see in person. It just doesn't make for much excitement.

On the flip side, I guess if you're there in person, at least you can go get food and wander around the various trackside attractions without having to worry about missing anything on the track. You sure couldn't do that at a place like Martinsville!


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MichaŽlle Jean is the coolest Governor General EVER! 
I had to read between the lines a little to get the details, but as I understand it, MichaŽlle Jean got hold of a fluffy white baby seal, tore it open with her bare hands, and then devoured its still-beating heart in front of throngs of adoring fans who chanted and cheered.

If that's not stickin' it to them PETA-lovin' European hippies who've blocked trade in Canadian seal goods, then I don't know what is!

Good for you, MichaŽlle! That crazy dude in Temple of Doom's got nothin' on you!!!


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And one more thing... 
I'd nearly forgotten, until I read this article, which sums it up perfectly.

Ė I know Helio Castroneves has been through a lot in the last while. But if he starts crying on television one more time, I'm going to throw up.


Seriously. Suck it up, Helio. Quit being a whiney bitch. It's really getting annoying.

And while you're at it, you might want to have a word with your sister about PDA's. It's kinda creepy.

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